CIM Toronto Branch & MES Student Day 2015

On January 15, 2015, CIM Toronto Branch and MES hosted their Student Day. This is the 5th year in which we have hosted this event, which allows industry participants to share their experiences with students, and to provide insights on a range of careers and current issues affecting the mineral industry. The event was attended by over 30 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of departments at five universities.

We had speakers from LDSA, Roscoe Postle Associates, Vale, RBC Capital Markets, and Responsible Mineral Development, who addressed valuation of mineral projects and mining companies, and practical considerations in the implementation of CSR. In addition, they discussed their varied backgrounds and, sometimes surprising, paths to a career in this industry. The Networking Seminar provided valuable tips on building a network, preparing to meet prospective employers, and using social media effectively. Thanks to the Manager of the Student Program at PDAC, students learned how to make the most of their time at the upcoming convention in March.

Many of our Student Day attendees were able to put the advice on networking into practice at the Students Meet Industry Luncheon hosted by the CIM Toronto Branch immediately following our morning presentations. We appreciate the generous sponsors of our 2015 Student Day and Luncheon – Borden Ladner Gervais, Agnico-Eagle Mines, Hudbay Minerals, Resource Capital Funds, the PDAC, Barrick Gold, Stantec, and Ernst and Young.”



Registration, Breakfast




Jackie Allison, Hudbay Minerals


Introduction to CIM & MES

Career & Valuation Overview

Larry Smith, LDSA


Valuation/Career Presentations

Deborah McCombe, RPA

Frank Nikolic, Vale

Dan Rollins, RBC Capital Markets


Coffee Break



CSR/Career Presentation

Bernarda Elizalde, RMD


Networking Seminar

Larry Smith, LDSA

Chris Stafford, CJ Stafford

Irene Gosende Seeney, CJ Stafford

Krishana Michaud, Mgr, Student Program, PDAC


Closing Remarks

Jackie Allison, Hudbay Minerals


Event Photos

Please feel free to view some of our event photo highlights:

1) Welcoming remarks by MES Education Committee Chair, Jackie Allison

CIMTO MES Student Day 2015-1 JAllison Welcome


2) Attendees from a variety of universities and corporations

CIMTO MES Student Day 2015-2 Attendees


3) Career/valuation presentation by Vale’s Frank Nikolic

CIMTO MES Student Day 2015-3 FNikolic Valuation


4) Networking during coffee break

CIMTO MES Student Day 2015-4 Networking


5) Career/CSR presentation by RMD’s Bernarda Elizalde

CIMTO MES Student Day 2015-5 BElizalde CSR


6) Networking seminar presenter Chris Stafford from CJ Stafford & Associates

CIMTO MES Student Day 2015-6 CStafford Seminar